Boulder Fall Festivals: Fall Events Near Boulder

by Rachel Daly
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Beginning Labor Day weekend, the Boulder area kicks off the fall season with a packed calendar of fall festivals and events. After taking a year off, many of our favorite events are back for 2021. Don’t miss Boulder’s Hometown Fest, Downtown Boulder Fall Festival, and Oktoberfest Boulder. Up in Estes Park, check out the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival, the Autumn Gold Fest and Elk Fest. Longmont will be celebrating Day of the Dead and Pumpkin Pie Days while Superior brings back its famous Chili Fest! Here it is, the full list of fall festivals in Boulder and the Boulder area in 2021.

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

When: September 4 – 6, 2021, full schedule here.

Boulder fall festival season begins with Boulder Creek Events’ Boulder Creek Hometown Festival . This event features arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park, live performances at the Bandshell, the Hometown Fest 5K, a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show,  a food court & beer garden, and much more. We are so excited that the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival is back this Labor Day weekend! The festival will be held along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from Broadway to 14th Street (west to east), between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. (north and south). This event is FREE.

Street Wise Art-ivism Mural Festival

When: September 5 – 12, 2021

Street Wise Boulder ARTivism Mural Festival is back in 2021 in the streets of Boulder, Colorado. Street Wise Boulder is a non profit designed to amplify artist voices and use the power of art as a means to connect, spark change, and build empathy within the community. Check out the 2021 Mural Artists here! 30+ incredible artists will be working all week long to give Boulder new visions for a rad future! As the murals go up, you are invited to (respectfully) watch the artists do their work, and tour to the various locations around the city to see all the murals in their complexities and beauty. As you embark upon a self-guided, and self-paced walking or biking tour of the murals, you will be able to use QR codes to learn more about the artists and stories behind the art. Mural tour maps will be available on the website soon. The festival is one of our favorite things to do in Boulder in fall.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

When: September 10 & 11, 2021, full schedule here.

Celebrate your Scottish or Irish heritage by participating in the Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado! The festival features athletic games and pipe bands, as well as jousting and dance competitions. In addition, various Celtic rock, folk, and traditional musicians will be performing. 80 participating Scottish and Irish clans will be participating in the games this year. Pageantry and patriotism, spirit and spectacle, talent and teamwork all combine in this awesome display of music and might. Kids will love the games, the parade, the dog show and the amazing food! The festival will be held at Stanley Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Cost: $28/adult, $12.99/Kids 10-17 years old, Kids under 9 years old are free. Tickets available here.

Boulder Valley Wine Festival

When: Saturday, September 11, 2021, 11AM – 5PM

The inaugural Boulder Valley Wine Festival in Louisville, Colorado will feature Colorado produced wine, cider and mead, as well as, retail vendors and live entertainment. Admission includes a wine glass, wine tote and unlimited tastings. The Boulder Valley Wine Festival is taking place at Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr, Louisville, CO 80027. Tickets $30 – $80. 21+ Event, available here.

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Downtown Boulder Fall Fest & Firefly Handmade Market

When: September 10 – 12, 2021 for the full schedule click here.

Downtown Boulder Fall Festival is one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music with the added excitement of children’s activitiesFirefly Handmade Markets will be there, featuring carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. Free parking Saturday and Sunday in the City of Boulder Parking Garages. Fall Fest is held on the Pearl Street Mall. The event is FREE.

Longmont Fall ArtWalk and 150th Birthday Celebration

When: September 11, 2021

Longmont is celebrating its 150th birthday at the 2021 Fall ArtWalk! Live music by Mojomama and Antonio Lopez (entertainment provided by the LDDA) on the big stage and local musicians and performers throughout Downtown. Artist Booths and art activities will be held throughout Downtown. Experience the opening of the Longmont Time Capsule with Erik Mason, Curator of History at the Longmont Museum. Participate in the Community Art Creation and live creation of the new time capsule with Art in Public Places. Enjoy the meditative space at Elevated Yoga for those wanting a quiet moment of reflection. Of course there will be food trucks and so much more! This event is free and will be held in downtown Longmont.

Bee Boulder Festival

When: Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Join the City of Boulder for the 7th annual FREE family-focused festival celebrating Pollinator Appreciation Month at the Boulder Bee Fest. Connect with local organizations BBB Seed, BeeChicas, Boulder Public Library, Community Fruit Rescue, CU Museum of Natural History, CU Science Discovery, Garden To Table, Goss/Grove Neighborhood Assoc., Growing Gardens and Hive-Tech Solutions. Sing along with Jeff & Paige at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.! Presented by City of Boulder Parks and Recreation and Planning and Housing Services. This free event will be held at Central Park West in Boulder’s Civic Area.

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Boulder Fall Festivals: Boulder’s Mapleton Neighborhood

Mapleton Hill Porchfest

When: Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 1 PM – 4:30 PM

The Annual Mapleton Hill PorchFest is a musical walkabout that is the envy of all the other neighborhoods. Like last year’s event which drew about 800 people, the event will include 20 different bands of many styles, playing their hearts out on local porches. Do you like bluegrass? Jazz? Classical? Blues? Folk? Of course you do, so plan on attending to hear some of our best local bands. Stroll the beautiful historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood, enjoy the entertainment, meet up with old friends and make new friends. This event is held at the Historic Mapleton Hill Neighborhood. This event FREE.

2021 Broomfield Days

When: Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 7AM – 5PM

Broomfield’s biggest community event, Broomfield Days, is back with a parade, live music, food, local vendors and more! Activities and entertainment throughout the day including a 5K race, clown contest, parade, trade fair, craft festival, food booths, three stages of entertainment, demonstrations, and great community spirit. Broomfield Days is held at Midway Park, W Midway Blvd & Kohl St, Broomfield, CO 80020. This event is FREE.

Longmont Oktoberfest

When: September 22 – 26, 2021

Longmont Oktoberfest will be changing venues and dates out of an abundance of caution due to the uncertainty caused by the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Our one-day event scheduled for Saturday, September 25 at Roosevelt Park, which typically draws thousands, will now take place over multiple days at Left Hand Brewing Company‘s new outdoor space, The Garden. The venue change creates a welcoming atmosphere that encourages smaller groups to safely gather and the opportunity to celebrate the occasion throughout five days instead of one. Oktoberfest celebrations at The Garden will be held Wednesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 26. Attendees can expect great brews, live music, and tasty local food vendors every evening with special Oktoberfest-themed activities and all-day music line-ups on both Saturday and Sunday. More details here.

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Anderson Farms Fall Festival

When: September 22 – October 31, 2021

Anderson Farms is hosting its annual Fall Festival, complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more! Admission includes a ton of fun activities such as Colorado’s longest-running 30-acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, mine cars, barrel train, farm animals, farm lights and so much more. New this year: giant jump pads and a combine “playground” with six slides! Click here for a full list of activities. For those who enjoy a fright, after dark Anderson Farms hosts Zombie Paintball Hunt, a unique paintball experience where you shoot zombies throughout the cornfield (but don’t worry, you won’t get shot!) while riding on a zombie wagon. Or check out Terror in the Corn, Anderson Farms’ haunted hayride, cornfield & ghost town experience. Pricing: Admission to Fall Festival – Monday – Thursday, $15, Friday, Saturday & Sunday $23. Kids 3 & Under are FREE. Tickets available here. More information and pricing for the Terror in the Corn and Zombie Paintball Hunt here. Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.

Oktoberfest Boulder

When: September 24 – 26, 2021

Oktoberfest Boulder presented by Paulaner Brewing Company is a classic Oktoberfest celebration with live music, beer games, German games and more! Lineup includes live music from 40oz to Freedom Sublime Tribute Band, Wake Up & Live (Bob Marley Tribute), and the Polkanauts. This event will be held in Boulder’s Central Park.

Enchanted Forest at Wild Bear Nature Center

When: Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 11AM – 6PM

Wild Bear Nature Center will be hosting its 20th annual Enchanted Forest! This is the Year of the Fox! Enjoy the magic of the fall season! Families and children of all ages take a tour on the trail and meet forest creatures (costumed characters) and learn about their natural habitats. Enjoy goodies in your goody bag, live owls and eagles, magic and music throughout the day. Enjoy drinks and live music 4-6pm. Visit the form at the bottom of the page to purchase tickets! The Enchanted Forest will be held at Wild Bear’s new property at Mud Lake across from the Caribou Room, 2034 Co Rd 126, Nederland, CO 80466. $10/person in advance, $12/person the day of. Seniors and children under 2 years are free. 

Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival

When: September 25 & 26, 2021, 11 AM – 6:00 PM

Autumn Gold Festival is Estes Park’s fall celebration – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer. Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado bands play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts. Free family activities include face painting, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show.  Fall all the details, click here. The Autumn Gold Festival is held at Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Bluebird Music Festival

When: September 25 & 26, 2021

The Bluebird Music Festival is a benefit concert for the Future Arts Foundation. The festival will feature Jeff Tweedy, Phoffman, City and Colour and more. The festival features an afternoon and an evening event. The Bluebird Music Festival will be held at Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets $ 29+, available here.

Erie Miner’s Blast

When: Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 12 PM – 4 PM

The Town of Erie‘s Miner’s Blast features activities for the children, more crafts, more “treasures”, more equipment for Touch-A-Truck! Kids will enjoy jumping in the inflatables, riding the hayride, gdecorating pumpkins and much more. Free pumpkins for the first 1,000 children. In addition to fun kids activities, adults will love the seasonal food vendors and beer garden. Erie Miner’s Blast is held at Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie. Admission is $10/child 3 years+. Adults are FREE.

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Estes Park Elk Fest

When: October 2 – 3, 2021

To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, live music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit Estes Park’s Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and food trucks will be on site. Elk Fest is held at Bond Park. The event is FREE.

Golden’s Autumn Fest

When: Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 11 AM – 4 PM

Golden History Museum & Park is hosting its first Autumn Fest to celebrate all of the things that make Golden a bright and shining community. Rush down to the Golden History Museum (923 10th St.) from 11 – 4 for a packed afternoon of fun, proudly sponsored by Golden Kids Dental and Orthodontics. Free family activities include incredible chalk art, hourly puppet shows (plus hands-on stations to make your own show), make-your-own-bubbles station, silent movie viewing, 4-H petting zoo, craft stations, BIG TRUCK demo (Streets, Fire, and Police Departments), costumed Civil War interpretation, Westernaires pony rides ($3 per ride), CODA Brewing Company beer garden and more. Held at Golden History Park, admission is free.

Growing Gardens Community Harvest Festival

When: October 6, 2021 from 4 PM – 7 PM

Join Growing Gardens for its FREE fall celebration at the urban farm! Featuring fun activities like pumpkin and face painting, lawn games, dairy goats and more. A bluegrass band will be performing while you enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and grab a drink from the Biergarten. There will also be pumpkins, fall perennials, and Long’s Gardens Iris bulbs for sale! Walk, bus, bike, or carpool and be entered to win an alternative transportation prize. No dogs at this event, please, they might scare the goats. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $5-$10/family. Rain Date: October 13th.

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Boulder Fall Festivals: Photo Courtesy Longmont Museum and Cultural Center

Longmont Dia de los Muertos Family Celebration & Exhibition

When: Family Celebration October 9, 2021 from 2 – 6:30 PM, Exhibition daily from October 9 – November 7, 2021

This year, the Día de los Muertos Family Celebration will open the season in downtown Longmont! We are bringing back the street festival, including music and dance performances, arts and craft activities, cultural education, delicious food, downtown business altars, and the Gigantes Procession. Día de los Muertos exhibitions at both the Longmont Museum and Firehouse will also be open and free. Park downtown or at the Longmont Museum and take the free shuttle between locations so you can enjoy all the activities of the day. Family Fiesta will be held in Downtown Longmont at 4th Avenue & Main Street. Gigantes Procession will be held from 6–6:30 pm. This event is free. The Día de los Muertos Exhibition returns to the Longmont Museum’s Swan Atrium this fall featuring ofrendas (altars) built by community members and the work of Longmont artist, Mario Olvera. Olvera’s artistic lens has become an inseparable part of both his professional and personal life, beautifully woven into his endeavors as a visual artist, educator, youth mentor, Aztec dancer, and father. Using art as a vessel to foster self-acceptance and respect among marginalized populations, Mario has become an influential teacher in Longmont and the surrounding region.

Superior Chili and Beer Fest

When: October 9, 2021 from 2 PM – 5 PM

The 2021 Chili Fest features great chili samples and food, local vendors,beer, a FREE Kids Zone area and more! Please note that chili samples are generously provided by the cooks and are distributed first come-first served. Chili tasting cups will be available for purchase – for $5 you may purchase a reusable chili tasting cup with attached spoon – eat all the chili you want and take home the commemorative cup! Superior’s Chili Fest will be held at Community Park, Community Park Dr, Superior, CO 80027, United States. Cost: Chili Fest entrance is FREE.

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market

When: October 9, 2021 from 10 AM -5 PM & October 10, 2021 from 11 AM -4 PM

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The market features high-end dealers and collectors of furniture, books, primitives, décor, toys, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, plus much, much more! The show also includes glass grinder, bake sale, and art show. Admissions and café sales benefit The St. Vrain Historical Society‘s mission of historic preservation and education in the community. Admission $5. Pumpkin Pie Days is held at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501.

Estes Park Pumpkins & Pilsners

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 11 AM – 6 PM

The Pumpkins and Pilsners Festival has activities and entertainment for all ages, with proceeds going to local non-profit Families for Estes. The festival is the perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones. Enjoy additional free children’s activities like pony rides, face painting, kids art activity booths, pumpkin patch, bounce house, and giant lawn games. There will also be food vendors and food trucks, as well as live music. More information available here. Pumpkins and Pilsners will be held in Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO. Admission is FREE.

Boo! on Briggs Street

When: Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 4 PM – 7 PM

The Town of Erie’s Trunk or Treat event has moved downtown and expanded, bring you Boo! on Briggs Street. Trunks will be parked in the parking lots on the southeast corner of Wells and Briggs and the northeast corner of Moffat and Briggs in Erie. Boo! on Briggs Street will feature costume contests (ages 0-8, 9+ ($5) and group/theme ($10).  The night will be capped off with a glow-in-the-dark dance party complete with a professional DJ and complimentary glow-in-the-dark giveaways for the kids. This event is held in Downtown Erie, Briggs Street between Moffat and Wells, Erie, CO 80516. This event is FREE.

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Boulder Fall Festivals: Munchkin Masquerade on Pearl Street

Munchkin Masquerade

When: Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 3 PM – 6 PM

The Boulder Fall Festivals list wouldn’t be complete without the Munchkin Masquerade! Each year, Downtown Boulder is invaded by thousands of tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, superheroes and animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street for the Munchkin Masquerade. There will be over 100 places handing out treats along the Pearl Street Mall. Munchkin Masquerade will be held on the Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.

Boulder Fall Festivals: Frequently Asked Questions

What is there to do in the fall in Boulder?

Every year, Boulder rings in fall with the Downtown Boulder Fall Festival. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music with the added excitement of children’s activities. Other fall festivals in the area include the Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival, Anderson Farms Fall Festival, Elk Fest, Superior Chili Fest and More. There are also many pumpkin patches to visit.

What is fall like in Boulder Colorado?

Fall in Boulder is not only beautiful, but it is fun! Boulder temps hag around a balmy 70 degrees during the fall, with many sunny days. But prepare yourself, there will always be a few snowstorms during the season of changing leaves. Boulder has a ton of fun community events, and there are several pumpkin patches in and around town to enjoy. The changing leaves peak in Boulder at the end of September into October.

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Alex September 7, 2021 - 7:02 pm

These look awesome! I can’t wait to check everything out!!

Jennifer Egbert September 8, 2021 - 3:51 am

This time of year here really is one of the best. It feels like there is even more to be excited about this year. Making notes of all the great events you shared. Love having all the information in one easy source. Thanks!


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